Mark Twain

Preparation is key to a successful presentation. Even in cases where the speaker is speaking extemporaneously, if you look behind the scenes you'll discover that a lot of preparation went into that "off the cuff" speech.

(In 1879, Mark Twain said "I … never could make a good impromptu speech without several hours to prepare it.")

In the following exercises, you'll explore a variety of activities that you'll use in preparing for your presentation.